Why our school will be saying #HelloYellow this year
One teacher shares why they are taking part in #HelloYellow on 9 October, and why it's so valuable for their pupils.
We're onto our third year promoting #HelloYellow at Olchfa school. Each time we send out invitations to pupils to join in with the organisation of the day, we have more and more interest.
Each pupil who takes part is there for a reason. Often the reason is that they or a loved one has struggled with a mental health condition or is struggling currently. The focus and positivity that we get from taking part each year is fantastic. In the past two years we have sold cakes that have been cooked by pupils and parents, sold yellow ribbons as a symbol and groups of young people have given up their time to create posters and spread the word around school.
We started this process because of the increasing number of pupils who were reporting to our pastoral team with mental health related issues. Often these pupils had struggled to be seen by a GP or a counsellor outside of school and needed someone to listen and accept that something was wrong. We are one of the fortunate schools that has an excellent pastoral support team who are highly skilled and empathetic. But not every school is so lucky and not every pupil feels strong enough to take that first step to ask for help. #HelloYellow is often a catalyst in getting pupils to see that asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of - in fact it's the best thing that they can do.
Although we are limited this year as a result of COVID-19, our pupils’ enthusiasm is not. Each form is keen to outdo the other in wearing something yellow that is spectacular and demonstrates our commitment to recognising the struggle that people are facing each and every day. We are looking forward to a time when everyone respects the feelings of others and shows understanding to their peers. Until then we will continue to promote and support YoungMinds.
Author: Miss Samuel
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